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Château Tour des Gendres Bergerac Sec Anthologia 2000

Winemaker's Notes:

A wonderful character and a fine wine-maker, Luc de Conti's exuberant wines reflect his personality. Luc is a true Vinarchiste, looking for purity and intensity, the maximum expression of the potential of the grapes. In the vineyard the soil is nourished with seaweed and silica treatments to encourage microbial activity. According to him the soil is lifeless ('a cadaver') and it is a fifteen year process to rid the ground of pollutants. Manual picking and selection of ripe grapes is essential; on the top cuvees there are several tries in the vineyard, and the wine will only be released if it reaches the highest of standards. The blends will also change according to the physiological ripeness of the grapes. This vigneron even riddles the grapes on the vine, giving them a quarter turn (at least that's what he tells us - difficult to know when you've been hoaxed by Luc). Madness or pertinence or the countenance of sublime perfection? The reds are equally worthy of attention. The red Anthologia, a glossy purple-black wine of fabulous density, contains Merlot (60%) as well as Cab Sauv, Malbec and Cab Franc. A thing of beauty and a joy forever, testament to the power (sic) of under-extraction. All the reds begin with the same fanatical biodynamic attention to detail in the vineyard. The grapes are destemmed, the long natural yeast fermentations (30 days) are accompanied by micro-oxygenation and there is a further malolactic in barrique. La Gloire de Mon Père (50% Cabernet; 50% Merlot) has an elevage in oak for 50% of the wine and in used barriques for the remainder. Stunning purple colour, blackcurrant fruit encased in vanilla and marked by savoury cedarwood, persistent finish. The Anthologia rouge is fermented in 500 litre barrels which are turned ('roulage') to give a gentler extraction. Power and sweetness allied to refinement and purity - the crowning achievement of a true Vinarchiste.

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Chateau Tour des Gendres:
Chateau Tours des Gendres are wines produced in the Bergerac region of southwest France. It is a project between brothers Jean and Luc Conti, descendants of the estate’s original Italian owner Vincenzo Conti, that brings together a love of the land and winemaking. The Conti family is dedicated to organic farming and showcasing the true character of regional grapes (Malbec, Cabernet Sauv... Read more
Chateau Tours des Gendres are wines produced in the Bergerac region of southwest France. It is a project between brothers Jean and Luc Conti, descendants of the estate’s original Italian owner Vincenzo Conti, that brings together a love of the land and winemaking. The Conti family is dedicated to organic farming and showcasing the true character of regional grapes (Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Muscadelle) in their wines.  Read less

A wonderful character and a fine wine-maker, Luc de Conti's exuberant wines reflect his personality. Luc is a true Vinarchiste, looking for purity and intensity, the maximum expression of the potential of the grapes. In the vineyard the soil is nourished with seaweed and silica treatments to encourage microbial activity. According to him the soil is lifeless ('a cadaver') and it is a fifteen year process to rid the ground of pollutants. Manual picking and selection of ripe grapes is essential; on the top cuvees there are several tries in the vineyard, and the wine will only be released if it reaches the highest of standards. The blends will also change according to the physiological ripeness of the grapes. This vigneron even riddles the grapes on the vine, giving them a quarter turn (at least that's what he tells us - difficult to know when you've been hoaxed by Luc). Madness or pertinence or the countenance of sublime perfection? The reds are equally worthy of attention. The red Anthologia, a glossy purple-black wine of fabulous density, contains Merlot (60%) as well as Cab Sauv, Malbec and Cab Franc. A thing of beauty and a joy forever, testament to the power (sic) of under-extraction. All the reds begin with the same fanatical biodynamic attention to detail in the vineyard. The grapes are destemmed, the long natural yeast fermentations (30 days) are accompanied by micro-oxygenation and there is a further malolactic in barrique. La Gloire de Mon Père (50% Cabernet; 50% Merlot) has an elevage in oak for 50% of the wine and in used barriques for the remainder. Stunning purple colour, blackcurrant fruit encased in vanilla and marked by savoury cedarwood, persistent finish. The Anthologia rouge is fermented in 500 litre barrels which are turned ('roulage') to give a gentler extraction. Power and sweetness allied to refinement and purity - the crowning achievement of a true Vinarchiste.

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